February 20, 2015 / 9:59 AM / 3 years ago

Turkey says joint U.S. training of Syria rebels to start in March

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday Turkey and the United States aimed to start a program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels early next month.

Rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion carry an anti-tank weapon as they move through a trench near the frontline against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Yousef Homs

The United States and Turkey signed an agreement on Thursday to train and equip opposition rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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